As a busy mom of three kids, it’s important to save time in the morning. Here are some tips and tricks that I have picked up over the years.
Two of my three kids go to school. You’d think that it would be simple, right? Dress them, feed them, and send them to the bus stop. That might be the case next year, but for this year they go to different schools. My daughter goes to preschool which requires me to drop her off and pick her up every day, so time gets a little bit tight in the morning. Here are some ideas that I have come up with to try to save time in the morning.
Get Everyone’s Clothing Out at Night
As someone who is lucky enough to get to work at home, I don’t have to iron. However, if you work outside the home and have to wear business clothing you should put together and iron five outfits on Sunday. Make sure that you pick out your accessories as well. Then all you need to do in the morning is grab an outfit and jump into it.
Since I don’t have to wear anything in particular on a regular day I don’t bother to get a whole week’s worth of outfits ready. I just pick out whatever pair of leggings, yoga pants, or jeans that I want to wear the next day along with a t-shirt and underwear. In the morning I just put on my pre-made outfit, add a hoodie or sweater and I’m good to go.
Normally I don’t change the baby’s outfit in the morning, and my 9-year-old picks out his own outfits. So I also pick out my 5-year-olds clothing and hang it on her closet to put on in the morning in addition to mine. It is a huge time-saver.
sHOWER AT nIGHT
I prefer to take my shower at night, along with bathing the children at night. I have very long hair, and I usually don’t bother to dry it at night. I just put it up on my head in a bun and hope for the best! 99% of the time it’s still wet the next day when I am ready to blow dry it. I saw this amazing product on Shark Tank the other night, though, that dries your hair while you’re sleeping and (supposedly) leaves it looking amazing in the morning. I ordered it but it hasn’t arrived yet. I’ll report back if it works!
Other Quick Ideas
Here are some other ideas to save time – I don’t use these for myself because I don’t need to, but they are still good ideas!
- Set out your medications and vitamins for the week in a pill container (High above any little grabby hands, of course!)
- Make your lunch and your kid’s lunch in the evening before bed.
- Set the coffee maker to go off 20 minutes before you leave with your travel mug next to it.
- Put your gloves in your coat pockets and scarves around the hangers during the winter.
I hope that you found some of these tips helpful! If you’re interested in reading even more ideas for busy moms be sure to check out my article on time management.